The 6-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady put in another strong post-season display as the Bucs secured a spot in the Divisional Round Playoffs. Brady went 22 of 40, throwing for 381 yards and 2 passing touchdowns.
The visitors were made to work for the win as the home team fought back without Alex Smith on the field. Despite a second-half comeback, it was the Bucs who walked away with a win after a 4th-quarter blitzkrieg.
But coach Arians had a message for the team’s defense in light of yesterday’s inconsistent display.
After a playoff win, fans would expect Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians to breathe a sigh of relief and compliment his players. But they’d be wrong. Instead, the experienced NFL boss opted to give some pointers to his team’s defensive stars after a mixed performance in the American capital.
“This performance, defensively, wouldn’t be” enough to beat a team like the Saints, Arians said at the post-game presser.
Despite the absence of Dwayne Haskins, Alex Smith and Keenan Allen, Washington put together a strong display with 4th-choice QB Taylor Heinicke.
The 27-year-old went 26/44, throwing for 306 yards with 1 passing touchdown and 1 interception. The likes of Ndamukong Suh, Shaquil Barrett, Carlton Davis and Lavonte David will need to be at their very best in the next round.
They will be up against NFC South champions, New Orleans Saints, next weekend.
The onus will be on Brady and the likes of Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, and Rob Gronkowski, amongst others, to put up a strong display in the Divisional Playoffs. They’ve beat the Packers once already this season, they sure can do it again.
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